Our Mission


To work collaboratively to provide quality educational services.

We will be recognised for relevant, accessible, innovative education and training, which transforms lives and builds communities.


In 1999, Janet Te Rore, while working as a Case Manager for Income Support (which then merged with the New Zealand Employment Service to become known as Work and Income New Zealand) noticed among her caseload of clients that some of them had low levels of literacy and/or numeracy.  Because of her background as an adult literacy and numeracy tutor in Timaru, she tried to find an organisation within Dargaville or the Kaipara that she could refer these clients to for learning support.  She eventually found an organisation that was a member of Literacy Aotearoa and was contracted by them to provide this learning support to adults within the Kaipara area.  Unfortunately, even with Literacy Aotearoa trying to get their member/contractor to provide learning support in Dargaville, this did not eventuate and that organisation disbanded.

Janet then set up Te Roroa Learning Assistance as a Charitable Trust and found representatives from the Te Roroa iwi marae to become the inaugural Trustees.  They were Manos Nathan (Matatina), Tottie Ambler (Whakamaharamatanga), Margaret Tane (Waikara).

She then found a place to rent at 92a Victoria Street (Hunting and Fishing) from Phil Smith, and applied to ASB, Lotteries and COGs for funding.  These organisations provided the funding that allowed her to purchase a computer, phone/fax and set up the office by paying rent electricity and phone.  She worked voluntarily as she had decided to leave WINZ and go onto DPB to follow her passion.

Literacy Aotearoa, then contracted TLA to provide literacy, language and numeracy services to people within and surrounding the Dargaville area.  Janet also secured funding from Lotteries to pay some wages.  These monies enabled her to receive a small wage as a part-time co-ordinator.  At that time tutors worked voluntarily and had some expenses reimbursed.

Over time, a business model was adopted, and most staff were paid. TLA also relocated in 2012 to 22 Gladstone Street, Dargaville and opened another centre in Maungaturoto in 2015.

From the beginning of 2019 Literacy Aotearoa became a Charitable Trust and no longer sub-contracts us to provide their programmes.

Fortunately, other organisations, for example, 2020 Trust, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa, Northland RoadSafe Trust, Te iwi o Te Roroa and People Potentional continue to work with and support us. We also appreciate receiving grants from,, for example, Lotteries , COGS and Foundation North.

We are continuing to establish relationships and opportunities to enable us to meet the education needs of the community.